NaPoWriMO 2018: Day23 A Sound Poem- Laughter

Today’s prompt is to write a sound poem! Kate Greenstreet’s poetry is spare, but gives a very palpable sense of being spoken aloud – it reads like spoken language sounds. In our interview with her, she underscores this, stating that “when you hear it, you write it down.” Today, we challenge you to honor this idea with a poem based in sound. The poem, for example, could incorporate overheard language. Perhaps it could incorporate a song lyric in some way, or language from something often heard spoken aloud (a prayer, a pledge, the Girl Scout motto). Or you could use a regional or local phrase from your hometown that you don’t hear elsewhere, e.g. “that boy won’t amount to a pinch.”

Have written a sound poem based on holidays in India, in my in-laws place, when the whole family gathers and days seem short for laughter and conversations and the nights seem forced as we must go to bed so that we can make the most of tomorrow.


Hear the laughter of the children

In the garden,

chuckle, chuckle, snort, snort

And something in my heart I feel –

a sip of hot chocolate on a cold, winter’s night

the crackling of fire, a book and a warm, woolen throw over my feet

Hear the stifled whispers of the teens,

Behind closed doors

giggle, giggle, hush, hush… now it gets louder

secrets, fantasies, dreams they share

And in my throat I feel a lump,

the loud chirping of birds at the break of dawn

and then a silence when in to the horizon, they are gone

Hear the chortle of the adults

In the lounge

A laugh, ha ha, a roar, a guffaw

A soft, kind voice, “Sh…the neighbors may be sleeping”

In my mind, I thank the Lord

A quiet smile I cannot stop

For a home filled with laughter, I’m blessed.


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23 responses to “NaPoWriMO 2018: Day23 A Sound Poem- Laughter”

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  2. robbiecheadle Avatar

    You are, indeed, very blessed to be surrounded by laughter, Smitha.


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Yes Robbie. Laughter is a blessing. You just became my 600th follower on WordPress! Thank you 🙂


  3. Dahlia Avatar

    Blessed indeed – this one brought a smile to my heart. Thank you

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I’m glad then you read this after the poem ” I will remember you”. Thank you for being a wonderful person! Xxx

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  4. Sangbad Avatar

    Imagery…sound…all created a beautiful painting


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so very much. Such a lovely comment.


  5. merrildsmith Avatar

    That is lovely! The sounds of laughter are sweet and often contagious.


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Merril. Yes, laughter is therapeutic.

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  6. viewsofpreethib Avatar

    Beautiful lovely write Smitha 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks a lot Preethi. Poem brought back fond memories😊

      Liked by 1 person

  7. kaylaannauthor Avatar

    I love this! Your poem just made me smile, you’ve got really great imagery!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Kaylaa so, so much😊. Now you’re comment made me smile. Xxx

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  8. radhikasreflection Avatar

    Beautiful Smitha. Indeed blessed is a home that reverberates with the sound of laughter 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much Radhika😊. Yes, may our homes be blessed with love and laughter always. Xxx

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  9. Feelings and Freedom Avatar

    Lovely! You did complete justice to the prompt by incorporating so many sounds in the poem 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Vandana…Now I’m waiting for the 30th 🙂

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